Hyderabad: Making it clear that it cannot grant any interim order without hearing the respondents, the Hyderabad High Court on Monday issued notices to the civil aviation ministry, the director general of civil aviation and eight airline companies on a plea by TD MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy challenging the flying ban imposed on him.
Justice S.V. Bhatt, while hearing the petition of the MP, permitted counsels for the petitioners to serve notices to the respondents including Air India, Jet Airways, Vistara Airlines (Indigo) , GO Air, Air Asia , SpiceJet and Turbo Megha Airlines through email and speed post in view of urgency of the case.
D.V. Seetharama Murthy and N. Ranga Reddy, counsels appearing for the petitioner, submitted that the ban was imposed on the MP without any inquiry and without even a notice to him to explain his case.
While describing the incident at the Visakhapatnam airport as “unfortunate”, they urged the court to grant an order permitting the petitioner to travel in flights as he was willing to abide by any condition imposed by the court in this regard.
Reacting to the submissions, the judge said: “The petitioner also runs a travel agency. Will this agency allow passengers who violate safety rules to travel in his buses?”
While issuing notices to the respondents, the judge posted the case to July 21....